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Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1980-08-21


Topics Live concert


Cold Rain & Snow-> Minglewood Blues, High Time, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Peggy-O, It's All Over Now, Easy To Love You, Shakedown Street-> Promised Land Drums-> Uncle John's Band-> Truckin'-> The Other One-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Uncle John's Band-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Alabama Getaway


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date August 21, 1980
Venue Uptown Theater
Location Chicago, IL

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD>MC>C>DAT>CD


Notes

SBD>MC>C>DAT>CD; via Scott Shindell; Seeded to etree by Willy

Reviews

Reviewer: lilrichwhiteboy - - April 19, 2014
Subject: Lots of Potential for a Matrix
There's a lot of potential here. Richie's full sounding AUD and this board with Jerry more prominent in the mix could turn this baby into a five star rate. I haven't heard the 2nd Set yet but, it looks like a monster on paper. Anybody up for turning this into a matrix ???
Reviewer: utopian - - July 24, 2009
Subject: needs upgrade
sound is not as not as bad as first suspected
nice the other one
Reviewer: The TRUE Bucky - - July 24, 2009
Subject: Mexacali?
How in the world somebody could listen to this UJB > TOO Jam > Truckin > TOO & write a review gushing about Mexacali is beyond me......

You're either on the bus or off it I guess.

One of the year's classic Second Set monsters is unleashed this night - this incredible three night run at the Uptown ends on a high mountaintop peak here tonight even though this show is very short. Sometimes Quality doesn't equal Quantity & this is one of those nights....
Very short, but oh so sweet.

The Jam out of UJB subtly morphs into a highly agressive Playin' Jam (years before the obvious shift the band would do into a Playin Jam). They head into a fine TOO jam, complete with Jerry doing the 'pyschedelic bells' as well as I've ever heard them and just as it's time for Phil to start TOO with his 'rumble' on the bass, Jerry starts Truckin & we get a super intense Truckin' > Other One instead. The jam between the two songs is a very rowdy jam & Jerry does a tremendous line of 'the slingshot' type riffs after verse one of TOO that is just SO psychedelic and melts out of it so perfectly - so sad Jerry stopped doing that particular 'thing' after 1983 (he'd been doing it since at least 1970).

After drums is equally short but sweet, with the first of two spectacular Wheel > UJB Reprises that tour (9/6/80 in Lewiston is the other of course) bringing home the bacon big time before another great Sugar Mag to close.

Yes, extremely short, but what more could you want in a second set?
A few throw away, over played Go To Heaven tunes to lengthen (and water down) the set?
Not me - I saw too many Althea > Lost > Saints that year to need one more to lengthen this show by 20 minutes.
Reviewer: nunnov - - October 8, 2008
Subject: Bobby's ruins
The playing in this show is inspired, the setlist is incredible. Unfortunately, Bobby turns in a completely tone-deaf performance that makes most of the harmonies really hard to listen to. The show is worth a listen, but be warned...thar be dissonance.

5 - stars for the playing, 3 stars for vocals (1 star for Bobby's off key slurring ;)
Reviewer: JohnnyBones - - May 4, 2007
Subject: Worth it just for Jerry's Mexicali Mariachi Impersonation
I think this show is crackling in parts. Listen to the Jerry Mexicali improv. Don't tell me he's not thinking Mariachi band during the final improv verse - Jerry's "Brass via Chords" sans MIDI! To think that they would play 100-200 nights a year and he'd come up with different phrasing and melodic ideas each time a song was played is what makes Jerry and the Dead so fantastic.
Reviewer: coldironshackles - - April 2, 2007
Subject: Wheel and transition to UJB reprise
The AUD that I have had of this show for two decase (at least) had Jerry's guitar mixed way louder and the Wheel intro and transition the UJB reprise are breathtaking. You can hear it in this sound board, but it is way subdued with the keys and drums dominating the mix. On the other hand, the vocal mix is great and I had not noticed that on my old AUD recording. Actually, what I mostly hear on my old recording is the crowd freaking out! Anyway, this one is worth a listen for it's several highlights.
Reviewer: jerrywasit - - January 6, 2007
Subject: Balcony shaking
What I remeber from this show was unbeleivably emotional Suagr Mag. Stting in the taping section next to SB, the balocny was shiking so hard from the crowd that Healy was holding onto the board to prevent it from toppling over. Scary but really cool....
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - July 14, 2006
Subject: Nice Wheel
This is a great performance of the Wheel, the hightlight of the show for me. Worth listing to.

The show is uneven and a bit sloppy in places, and Bob's vocals are rough (not in a good way, as in All Over Now). The show also gets points off for having two Drums in one show.

Not a "bad" show, though, like those of the mid '80's and mid '90's.

The sound isn't that bad. The mix gets better about a third of the way into the show. This soundboard is better than many or most audience recordings.
Reviewer: tony2004296 - - May 6, 2006
Subject: 8/21/1980
this is one of those shows that the first set is better than the 2nd
for openers everyone got a rose when they walked in
i know drums to open up is strange they did it once on the west coast
as hot as the first set was the 2nd wasnt all that bad ive seen much worse 2nd sets .Icant remember if i saw anthor truckin into the other one and i saw alot of shows in my time
very grateful for this recording thank you still work on that audience though
Reviewer: pg60 - - March 24, 2005
Subject: a very strange show
oops, double-post :-(
Reviewer: pg60 - - March 24, 2005
Subject: a very strange show
this was the golden era for me, 3 night stands at the Uptown. you could wander around and go up to the balcony. i lived in chicago back then and when they moved up to Alpine Valley things weren't quite the same.

i remember this show clearly, we had front-row seats right in front of Jerry. when i stood up my hands were on the stage.

but unfortunately this was the worst show of the 3-night stand. when the 2nd set started Jerry came out briefly but never really started playing. Jerry went back off-stage and we could see him snorting something.

so they did drums to start the 2nd set, never saw that before or after. the 2nd set was really short. it seemed that something was wrong, it was the 3rd night and maybe they were just tired.
Reviewer: liranfa - - March 12, 2005
Subject: Upgrade Please!!!!!!!!!!!
This is one of the great shows of all time and there's not a good recording of it? Someone please post a better version of this show.....this is a classic!!! I'm giving the show a 5 and the recording a 1....total = 3!!!
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